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CONTENTSMarch 2012 . www.conference-news.co.uk . 5 Contents45 Go West What does Bristol and Bath offer event planners?30 New kids on the block Our pick of new and refurbished meeting hotels across the UK.16 Big Interview ICC Birmingham's new GM, Paul Rutherford, talks about his goals for the venue. Features21 HBAA Forum Part 2 of our coverage of the CN/HBAA Winter Forum.24 CTC Forum What are buyers perceptions of Canada as a meeting destination?27 EMEC review All the news from MPI's EMEC conference in Budapest.36 Londonderry We focus on the fi rst ever UK City of Culture 2013.40 City focus: York 23 reasons to bring your event to the city of York.49 Croydon The future is looking bright for the London town of Croydon.53 Hospitality What are the current trends in the hospitality industry? 57 Economy How will the future economy affect our industry? Regulars7 Editor's Note It's showtime8 News Crisis talks at TMP, new CEO at Ally Pally and MICE members club launch.14 Livewire What's buzzing in the business.34 Venue showcase A year in business at Senate House.64 People Tracking the latest appointments and promotions.67 Business £10m UBM sell off and new COO at Kenes Group.69 Have Your Say The time for hybrid events is now plus top Tweets.70 Gallery A round up of this month's colourful events.74 Breakout Food for thought: what should we be feeding delegates at our conferences? Contributors61 Richard John Our consultant goes back to school this month. 69 Rob Davidson Our lecturer puts the conference industry's integrity to the test.